Paris Jackson, the only daughter of the late Michael Jackson, is featured in the pages of the new issue of Glamour magazine. As far as I know, this Glamour showcase is Paris’s first magazine feature. As you may know, MJ famously shielded his children from showbusiness as much as possible but since his death, the children — Prince Michael Joseph, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael Joseph, II aka Blanket — have stepped out of the shadows of overprotection and have landed right smack dab in the middle of the media spotlight. Thus far, the kids have been away from appearing in publications but it would seem that all of that has changed. Click below to see Paris’s first magazine feature photo and read some excerpts from her first magazine interview.
At 14, Paris Jackson is in many ways a typical teenager, navigating the cliques of high school, listening to music, tweeting at 3:00 A.M. Except for one thing: Her father was Michael Jackson. And now, three years after his death, she’s ready to step into the spotlight for the sake of a movie role—just one of the decisions that may have led to some public family squabbling this summer. Wondering who the real Paris is? Get to know her as she hangs out with Glamour.
Some members of her family wish she’d wait to become an actress. “A lot of people don’t want me to do it [her aunt Janet Jackson has said, “She has the rest of her adult life to be that actress that she wants to be… Your childhood—you completely lose.”], but Aunt La Toya believes in me. She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and she started clapping, ‘Oh my God, oh my God.’ She really does encourage me; it’s just awesome of her.”
She’s determined to prove herself. “I love my dad, and I’m proud to be his daughter. I just don’t think the title ‘M.J.’s daughter’ fits me. A lot of people think he’s the only reason I’m making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person.”
She refuses to follow the crowd. “The clique in my class, they don’t like me or my friend because we’re outside of the box. We’re not copycats. Prince calls me goth, but I’m more rock ‘n’ roll. (I listen to older music like AC/DC; Phil Collins is the ish.) A ton of kids at school have made fun of me; if I had to give advice to other girls, I would say, ‘Hang loose and ignore them. They shouldn’t faze you no matter how popular they think they are.'”
Welp, I guess this sort of thing had to start sooner or later. I know that MJ would not allow his daughter to appear in magazines like this but, well, these kids are growing up and they’re going to want to spread their wings as far as they can. From what we’ve heard lately and again from this interview, it doesn’t sound like Aunt Janet gives the kind of advice that the kids want to hear. Aunt La Toya knows that supporting the kids in their showbiz endeavors will win her points. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how all of this plays out but … it has begun. As for this photo, it doesn’t look very much like the Paris Jackson that we are used to seeing. I’d say this photo of Paris looks more like Saoirse Ronan … but it is a lovely photo. I don’t think it’ll be very long until we see more features on Paris Jackson in magazines like this. I’m not sure it’s the best idea at her young age but … the Jackson kids are going to do pretty much whatever they want to do.